Bahamas search teams say they found missing Chicago woman’s phone in water

Bahamas search teams say they found missing Chicago woman’s phone in water
Bahamas search teams say they found missing Chicago woman’s phone in water

Family of missing Chicago woman asks Bahamas authorities for her return

Family of missing Chicago woman asks Bahamas authorities for her return

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Authorities in the Bahamas say they have recovered an iPhone they believe belongs to a Chicago woman. who disappeared there about three weeks agoalthough officials admitted Monday that they have not yet been able to open it to access its contents.

Taylor Casey, 41, was last seen in the Bahamas on June 19. Her family says Casey, who has been practicing yoga for 15 years, was attending a yoga retreat “to fulfill a long-term goal of deepening her practice.”

Bahamian police were first alerted to Casey’s disappearance by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, who asked them to investigate after Casey failed to attend morning classes.

Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said that during a search on June 22, a dog picked up a scent on a tent and followed it to the water, but the scent stopped there. They later located a phone under about 56 feet of water.

Bahamian investigators have asked U.S. authorities for help unlocking the phone, but have also had no luck, Fernander said Monday. Authorities have also reviewed surveillance footage from around the island, but “there is no information that can be linked at this time,” the police commissioner added.

Authorities added that underwater drones were used in the search for Casey on July 3, but nothing was found. Meanwhile, surveillance footage from the resort also yielded no results.

Mother of missing woman seeks answers and greater urgency

Casey’s mother reported her missing, but says that when she first arrived in the Bahamas to speak with investigators, she didn’t see a single missing persons flier about her daughter.

“They acted with complete indifference and did not act as if their daughter was missing,” she said. “I had to go home without her. This is every mother’s worst nightmare.”

The flyer now posted in the area does not provide details of the circumstances of her disappearance or say whether foul play is suspected.

Casey’s family asked the FBI to take over the search.saying they are “not satisfied with how this investigation has been handled so far.”

“What we learned and observed during our time meeting with Ashram officials and leaders is disturbing and infuriating,” Emily Williams, a friend of Casey’s who accompanied Seymore on the trip, said in a statement.

When a US citizen goes missing, the department works with local authorities and communicates openly with families, a State Department spokesperson said. When asked for comment, the FBI referred CNN to the Bahamas Police Force.

Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson is the Midwest editor-in-chief of CBSNews.com. He has won three Emmy Awards, an Eric Sevareid Award and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

 
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